Japanese princess engaged to college love; wedding next year

Chelsea West
September 5, 2017

In 2012, Japan's Princess Mako met Kei Komuro when they were freshmen at International Christian University in Tokyo, The Japan Times reports.

While it's happy news for the couple, who pledge to make a "relaxed and peaceful" home together, it's not so great for the royal family, who face the pressure of a declining population while they try and keep their 2000-year-old bloodline running strong.

M - Japan's Princess Mako has formally announced her engagement to a commoner after receiving the emperor's approval, BBCreported.

It was then when Mako introduced him to her parents, Prince Akishino, second in line to the Chrysanthemum throne, and Princess Kiko and they accepted her choice.

He described Mako as someone who quietly watches over him "like the moon".

With regards to the proposal, it was also revealed that Komuro proposed after dinner one evening of December 2013.

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Yamamoto Shin'ichirō, grand steward of the agency, made the announcement at a press conference following a saika procedure earlier in the day, in which the Emperor approved the coming marriage of Princess Mako and Komuro, both 25. "It would be nice to have a warm and comfortable household with Mr. Komuro, so that we can make a family full of smiles". But due to the unfortunate torrential rain that flooded northern Kyushu that month, the royal family chose to postpone the announcement.

The couple is expected to tie the knot in the same year Emperor Akihito will relinquish the throne.

Princess Mako's wedding is expected to take place next year, according to Japan's public broadcaster NHK. This was the first time a Japanese royal became a commoner.

The Princess graduated from university with a master's degree in art museum and gallery studies and now works as a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo. The royal family last wedding ceremony saw Princess Noriko of the Imperial family marry Kunimaro Senge, the eldest son of the chief priest of Izumo Taisha, a Shinto shrine.

Komuro, the young perspective lawyer, added he sincerely recognizes that grave responsibility that he bears - the marriage with the princess is the great honour and privilege.

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